DUBAI: Marking the commencement of “Year of Zayed,” the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has received its first donation of Dhs5 million from a benevolent Emirati lady donor, Dawlat Mahmoud Al Mahmoud.
Al Mahmoud’s donations were presented on behalf of her late husband Abdulghafoor Ali Gargash and herself.
The donation complements her previous contribution of Dhs20 million last October 2017 towards the establishment of AMAF’s first-ever education endowment that seeks to finance the higher education of minors and orphans under the Foundation’s care.
In a gesture of appreciation to the first contribution, AMAF named the library at Family Village after the donation from Al Mahmoud and her late husband.
Al Mahmoud donation is in accordance with the declaration of 2018 as the “Year of Zayed” by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. She was keen to be the first donour to the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation in the “Year of Zayed,” which is dedicated to the vision and values of the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Tayeb Al Rais, Secretary-General of AMAF, said, “This timely contribution is an outstanding example of the importance of giving and patriotism. We could not have asked for a better start to the ‘Year of Zayed.’ The benevolence of the Emirati woman is a testament to the UAE’s sustained emphasis on giving and charity that has been embedded in us by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”